- 02 April 2008 | Kiteboarding
Epic conditions today in Port St. Louis, with three legs held in 30-40 knots of wind the race committee tested all skills of the riders, technical as well as physical. Alex Caizergues was the man of the day, with three bullets clearly in the lead now. In the womens fleet, Charlotte Consorti has also a perfect score with 4 out of 5 victories.
Skippers meeting was held at 9:00 and the first start scheduled for 10:15 hours. Alex took the lead from the very beginning, only challenged Sebastien Cattelan. Manu Taub showed his skills with a third place. The overall leader from yesterday, Rolf van der Vlugt, finished only 6th. Charlotte Consorti dominated the first round ahead of Sjoukje Bredenkamp again, Katja Roose in third.
- 31 March 2008 | Kiteboarding
Kite Gen is pioneering a revolution on how to produce clean energy from wind, with the aim not only to compete within the current wind industry but, as still too rarely happens with renewable sources, to move the battlefield into the territory of fossil fuels.
Today's technology is just capable of scratching the surface, in few favourable points, of the enormous energy field contained into the wind (see Wind data). Wind turbines cannot reach higher and touch altitude wind, they are already close to their dimensional limits: difficultly hubs can be positioned at more than 100 m above the ground, the holding structure grows exponentially heavier, more unstable and above all more expensive with the height.
This situation may be compared with what happened in oil drilling, where only after having found better and better solutions it was possible to move away from the ground - downwards, in this case - and to reach the deepest and most profitable fields.
To help visualizing the existing unexploited potential, just consider that the flight prohibited area over a nuclear power plant can easily get to contain 1 GW of wind power, equal to the power of the plant itself.
- 27 March 2008 | Kiteboarding
The Coconet Classic is over and it was a huge success. The event was held over Easter weekend at the Tannum Sands Esplande, with the BMX and skate event being held at Bray Park, Boyne Island, Australia.
Check out the final results:
Kiteboarding – Defence Force Recruiting Freeride Competition
1st – Andy Yates (Wurtulla Qld)
2nd – Luke Burke (Mackay Qld)
3rd – Dave Sorensen (NSW)
1st – Marine Sudre (Botany NSW)
2nd – Kirsty Bowe (Thonga)
3rd – Sarah Riepen (Mackay)
1st – Tom Ryan (Bokarina Qld)
2nd – Ryan Difflo (Tannum Sands Qld)
3rd – Zeke Hughes (Sunshine Coast Qld)
1st – Chris Wardell (Bowen, Qld)
2nd – Frank Zohar (Gold Coast, Qld)
3rd – Wade Goggan (Coolum, Qld)
Blade Kites Encouragement Award
1st – Jared Mercer
2nd – Lindsey Hobbs-Lowry
3rd – Lincoln Reeves
Source: Coconet Classic